The 2020 NBA Draft lottery was originally scheduled to take place in May along with the combine, but the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic put all draft-related events on hold for months as the league scrambled to adjust its major offseason events.
Now that the regular season is over, we finally know which teams will be crossing their fingers in the hopes of landing a high draft pick.
This year's draft class doesn't have a Zion Williamson-level talent, but there are a few intriguing prospects available. Depending on the teams near the top of the draft board, picks could quickly turn into trade assets.
Here's everything you need to know about the 2020 NBA Draft lottery, including the latest odds for every team involved.
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When is the NBA Draft lottery in 2020?
- Date: Aug. 20, 2020
- Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
- TV: ESPN
- Stream: Watch ESPN app
The 2020 NBA Draft lottery drawing will be conducted virtually on Aug. 20 and shown on ESPN following the conclusion of Game 2 between the Bucks and Magic.
NBA Draft lottery odds 2020
Under the 2020 format, the three worst teams (Warriors, Cavaliers and Timberwolves) will each have a 14 percent chance of winning the lottery. The team with the worst overall record (Warriors) will drop no lower than fifth in the draft order.
Here are each team's lottery odds with the percent chance to land each pick (via Tankathon).
How does the NBA Draft lottery work?
The NBA Draft lottery will determine the order of the top four draft picks this year. After the first four teams are locked in, the rest of the lottery order goes by inverse regular-season record.
The actual lottery drawing procedure will occur before the ESPN broadcast, and the 2020 NBA Draft order will be announced shortly after.
Here's the in-the-weeds explanation for the ping pong ball drawing method, straight from the NBA:
Fourteen ping-pong balls numbered 1 through 14 will be placed in a lottery machine. There are 1,001 possible combinations when four balls are drawn out of 14, without regard to their order of selection. Before the lottery, 1,000 of those 1,001 combinations will be assigned to the 14 participating lottery teams. The lottery machine is manufactured by the Smart Play Company, a leading manufacturer of state lottery machines throughout the United States. Smart Play also weighs, measures and certifies the ping-pong balls before the drawing.
The drawing process occurs in the following manner: All 14 balls are placed in the lottery machine and they are mixed for 20 seconds, and then the first ball is removed. The remaining balls are mixed in the lottery machine for another 10 seconds, and then the second ball is drawn. There is a 10-second mix, and then the third ball is drawn. There is a 10-second mix, and then the fourth ball is drawn. The team that has been assigned that combination will receive the No. 1 pick. The same process is repeated with the same ping-pong balls and lottery machine for the second through fourth picks.
If the same team comes up more than once, the result is discarded and another four-ball combination is selected. Also, if the one unassigned combination is drawn, the result is discarded and the balls are drawn again. The length of time the balls are mixed is monitored by a timekeeper who faces away from the machine and signals the machine operator after the appropriate amount of time has elapsed.
NBA mock draft 2020
Here is Stone's projected top five for this year's draft:
- Warriors — Anthony Edwards, Georgia
- Cavaliers — James Wiseman, Memphis
- Timberwolves — LaMelo Ball, Illawarra
- Hawks — Isaac Okoro, Auburn
- Pistons — Tyrese Maxey, Kentucky
2020 NBA Draft lottery team representatives
Here are the representatives who will appear on camera for each lottery team.
|Atlanta Hawks||Jami Gertz||Ownership group|
|Charlotte Hornets||Devonte' Graham||Current player|
|Chicago Bulls||Arturas Karnisovas||Executive vice president of basketball operations|
|Cleveland Cavaliers||Brad Daugherty||Former player|
|Detroit Pistons||Troy Weaver||General manager|
|Golden State Warriors||Stephen Curry||Current player|
|Memphis Grizzlies||Elliot Perry||Minority owner and director of player support|
|Minnesota Timberwolves||D'Angelo Russell||Current player|
|New Orleans Pelicans||Trajan Langdon||General manager|
|New York Knicks||Leon Rose||President|
|Phoenix Suns||James Jones||General manager|
|Sacramento Kings||De'Aaron Fox||Current player|
|San Antonio Spurs||Peter J. Holt||Chairman|
|Washington Wizards||Rui Hachimura||Current player|